Information and Knowledge Based Conceptual Study of 2008 Financial Crisis

  • Josep Cobarsí-MoralesEmail author
  • Agustí Canals
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10766)


Although a proper and wide diffusion of information and knowledge is acknowledged by economic theory as a necessary condition for a perfect functioning of markets, there are some weaknesses of conceptualization of information and knowledge applied to economics. As a contribution to fill this gap, the purpose of this paper is to set up a conceptual analysis and discussion of 2008 Great Financial Crisis (GFC) in terms of information and knowledge. As theoretical basis for this discussion we have selected the Boisot’s framework of Information Space (I-Space) [1, 2] which we relate with the proposal of Van den Berg [3] about encapsulated knowledge. This enhances us to discuss two key elements concerning the 2008 GFC: securitization and qualifications of rating. Our analysis shows how the sociotechnical innovations concerning financial markets in the years previous to GFC, contributed to create or increased information and knowledge asymmetries. These asymmetries impacted the risk management by the stakeholders implied in financial markets and eroded the correct function of these markets until the 2008 collapse.


Information Space Encapsulated knowledge Market asymmetries Great Financial Crisis Knowledge management Economics of information 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Computer Science, Multimedia and Telecommunication StudiesUniversitat Oberta de CatalunyaBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Economics and Business Management StudiesUniversitat Oberta de CatalunyaBarcelonaSpain

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